Building design, construction and renovations
Roof - Home Repair vs Home Improvement
We recently replaced our roof. Does this go under home repair (expense all in 1 yr) or is this a home improvement (depreciate over 39 years). We made no structural changes just took off and repaired/replaced the old shingles.
Pole barn house new build
Im a new member to ecobob. We are looking to start building a pole barn style house on 2 acres in South Otago later in the year and i was hoping for some advice. We love the passive house ...
Kitchen Renovation and Consents
We're planning to renovate our 70s kitchen. The kitchen renovation of cupboards, benches etc I would imagine not require any Council consents. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
However, we will be replacing 2 wooden windows with aluminium ones and ...
Insulated Garage Door : Revisited
We are going to build a new home soon and I have been looking at options for insulating the garage door. I see a post from 2011 on the same topic, but I expect things have changed since then and ...
By Two Engineers
Green E Cylinders for Hot water?
Been looking at the Green E Cylinders as a possibility in our new build?
Anyone had any experience with these or have these in there home?
What are your opinions on these?
Love to hear some reviews.
Thanks in advance. ...
Hi, we're replacing our house lot of absolutely awful 1980s aluminum windows. I have had three quotes through for euro and US made UPVC and they're all out of our price range. So thermally broken aluminium it is. (Please don't ...
TC could you contact me?
YOu might remember i had a heat recovery unit installed by a local chch company. Just having a slight issue with the unit, and have not been able to get hold of the CHCH company to get it ...
Wetback with underfloor heating or radiators?
We are building a 110 square metre home. We are planning to have a wood burner with a wetback as we have a continous supply of firewood. Has anyone experienced using a wetback with radiators or underfloor heating ...
Evacuated Tubes and/or Solar diverter
Have a project coming up with a three bedroom house that had planned on having evacuated tubes for a solar HW system feeding a 250l HWC.
Looking at solar diverters from PV too, and wondered if it would ...
Self draw building plans
Hi. Is it possible for me to do my own plans for council? If so where can i find information on this? Thanks
Accoya wood the solution?
Was wondering if anyone had experince with accoya wood? http://www.accoya.com/
It appears the process can make lasting non toxic timber out of pine.
Heat transfer Kit - Summer extension kits
Hi, we have a 3-room heat transfer kit in our house (love it, had one in our last house and it's the first thing we installed when we moved) and note that there is a summer extension kit which takes ...
Hi all, I am a quantity surveying student struggling with an assignment, we have to measure a 70x35 flitch plate fixed with screws that connects a bearer to subfloor jack framing (in a relocatable house), the drawings provide minimal info ...
By Stressed Student
SIPs v Timber Frame
Structural Insulated Panels (SIP's) v Timber Frame
When researching the pro's and con's of (Structurally Insulated Panels) SIP panels v timber frame, the information available is hugely biased in favour of the SIP's.
Including the thermal efficiency, what are the other PRO's ...
Is aerogel insulation available in NZ?
Has anyone used it in a domestic insulation situation?
Any idea of cost?
Having done a quick google, there were some reports back in early 2012 of the price about to plummet?
HW and underfloor heating combined???
I like the idea, using heatpump technology, but every company/person I talk to has different advice often contradicting. Does anyone have experience with one HP doing both? Or anyone using 2 seperate HP's??? Would love to hear.
For my situation, compact ...
I am staying in a house that had carpet laid in January and is still offgassing and making me ill (respiratory symptoms, headache). I'm looking for solutions that quicken the offgassing eg would getting the carpet steam cleaned work?
Free cob building courses - South Africa
We are a married couple living in Namaqualand, South Africa, in a small village living a natural, artistic lifestyle and building with cob, a centuries old building tradition. We are about to embark on a number of building projects around ...
Dehumidifier recommendation needed
Mine in the shop is dead, contributing to a lot of issues.
500 square foot basement shop in the south. Very damp. Im thinking 30-50 pint continuous run with a drain outside. Set it and forget it.
Been using old ones from ...
taking off concrete slab to retrofit piped UFH
Hi there, so, this may be a bit of a crazy idea, but may bet not....: We have a house with a 100mm concrete slab with 665 HRC mesh 30mm from top and we would just love to put in ...
Magroc gone into liquidation?
I am considering SIPs panels for my build and was looking at using MagRoc but have been told they are in liquidation. Has anyone else heard this?
Passive House Ventilation
I have a question for the ventilation experts.
I understand that a Passive house will have a highly efficient balanced heat recovery ventilation system.
I think I understand the basic principle of how this ventilation system works
Stale air is ...
Eco Friendly Concrete Sealer ?
We got the concrete floor for our new house poured. There has been some pigments added to make it darker.
We would like to use an 'healthy' sealer for the floor, but the information out there is rather 'light'.
dangers of spray foam insulation
Anyone getting ill from homes, offices or schools insulated with polyurethane spray foam? In the U.S. many homes are not livable because the continued off gassing from the SPF.
Please consider my petition for full disclosure of the ...
I'm interested to hear about peoples experiences with #CLT. My company #Welstruct have just processed and supplied imported CLT to the Rangiora High St Apartment project (next to new Buyer King) and prior to that the Canterbury University von Haast ...